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Third-seeded Toppers may see Sartans again this year

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Volleyball: St. Pius has knocked LA out 3 straight seasons

By Mike Cote

The recent history of the Los Alamos Hilltopper volleyball team in the postseason can be summed up in two words: Saint Pius.
In 2011, the Hilltoppers are hoping to avoid a repeat of history, but another playoff run-in with the St. Pius X Sartans could well be in the team’s immediate future.
The Class 4A state tournament starts at 8 a.m. Thursday at the Star Center in Rio Rancho. Los Alamos, the No. 3 overall seed, will take on sixth-seeded Moriarty and 11th-seeded Gallup in Thursday’s pool play round
Depending on the outcome of Pool C, Los Alamos could play again Thursday afternoon or may not play until Friday morning. Or not at all. The top two teams in pool play advance to the direct elimination bracket, while the bottom team coming out of each pool will be finished.
Los Alamos will take on Gallup first thing Thursday morning. Gallup will then play Moriarty before Los Alamos and Moriarty face off — the biggest perk a top pool seed gets is a break in between its two matches.
The key, Hilltopper head coach Garry Maskaly said, is to get started on the right foot.
“You have two normal games, but you can’t hope to drop one game and get those points back,” he said.


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